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After her third consecutive win over a Japanese opponent, Jelena Jankovic felt like rattling off a few jokes about Japan.
Maria Sharapova recovered from the longest, hottest match of her career to beat Alize Cornet 6-1, 7-6 (6) Saturday and reach the fourth round of the Australian Open.
Here's how players at the Australian Open described playing tennis on a sizzling hot day when temperatures topped 43C (109F). By mid-afternoon, organizers decided the searing heat was extreme enough to suspend matches, sparking discussion about whether it was dangerous to have allowed matches since Tuesday when the heat wave started.
Soaked with sweat and clinging desperately for survival, Maria Sharapova was only a point from victory when Australian Open organizers finally decided that the searing heat was extreme enough to suspend matches.
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Top-ranked Rafael Nadal was pleased to avoid the heat, and the lightning, and the temperatures had dropped when two-time defending champion Victoria Azarenka and Wimbledon champion Andy Murray won the featured women's and men's night matches on the center court.
Former No. 1-ranked Caroline Wozniacki has advanced to the third round of the Australian Open in the relatively comfortable confines of a roof-covered Rod Laver Arena, beating American Christina McHale 6-0, 1-6, 6-2 Thursday.
Just the thought of playing in the sweltering heat at the Australian Open is keeping Serena Williams up at night.
Roger Federer, Andy Murray and defending champion Victoria Azarenka moved on earlier Tuesday amid Melbourne temperatures that topped 42 Celsius (108 Fahrenheit).